Our Vision:

Thriving American Cities

From Richmond, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, many cities across the nation continue to face significant economic challenges. These cities – and the people who live there – are essential to the nation’s economic future. With the right leaders, collaborating partners, new solutions and bold actions, these places and their people can achieve economic turnarounds and prosper.

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Planning & Implementation

We partner with elected local leaders in economically challenged communities to develop and implement recovery strategies.

Peer Learning

We facilitate opportunities for local leaders to connect and share insight, experience, and challenges with their peers in other cities.


We conduct research to provide local leaders and state and federal policymakers with information they need to adopt policies that foster economic revitalization in economically challenged cities.

Success Story

A Cross-Cutting Approach in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio is an inner ring suburb of 45,000 residents that has lost nearly 10% of its population since 2000. Working with the city manager, the Network provided advice on how the city could best facilitate redevelopment of a failing, privately-owned, 65-acre mall, practical support for better using technology and data to drive code enforcement, and a strategy for the launch of a partnership with a community development corporation to drive neighborhood revitalization.

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Much of the essential work of #LocalGov continues. @BoulderCountyOS is conducting needed flood mitigation measures along the St. Vrain River, including repairs from 2013 flooding. The work is slated for completion in the fall:

Boulder County begins flood mitigation along St. Vrain River west of Hygiene

While this work was largely designed to improve the resiliency of the water storage system, the project will also help to balance several different wa...


ICYMI: @sarabronin, Planning & Zoning Commission Chair of Hartford, CT, released a draft 15-year plan for #Hartford last month, offering a vision of how the City could grow and change by its 400th birthday in 2035: story by @RebeccaLurye

Draft 15-year plan offers vision of a happier, healthier and wealthier Hartford by its 400th birthday

Hartford’s draft 15-year-plan, released Monday, details a path to a more sustainable, equitable and vibrant region by 2035, the city’s 400...


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